How Do I Find My Passion?

Bigg Challenge
Amy knows she’s not passionate about her career, but she doesn’t really know what she would love to do. She wants to know how to discover her passion.

Bigg Advice
We recommend that you get a notebook to write down your thoughts and answers to the following questions, Amy.


These things all revolve around one simple theme –

Look to the past to discover your future.

#1 – What did you want to be when you grew up?
Now you may think that’s a silly question to ask at this point in your life, but it’s not. Because it leads to the more important question …

Why? Why did you want to do that one thing when you grew up?

Mary-Lynn wanted to be a singing star. She wanted to be like Cher – up on stage performing in front of an audience with a microphone. Unfortunately, she couldn’t sing!

But today, she does perform in front of an audience with her very own microphone. It’s not exactly what she envisioned as a kid, but the elements are there.

#2 – What classes did you really enjoy?

You probably thrived in these classes. What were they, from grade school all the way up through college? And more importantly …

What about that particular class did you enjoy so much?

George loved philosophy – learning how to think logically and debate a subject. He’s used those skills his entire career. He has found that the work that’s most enjoyable to him often has to do with problem-solving.

#3 – What extracurricular activities did you love?

And more importantly, what did you love about that activity?

Mary-Lynn loved music. She loved being in the pep band and going to competitions. These additional benefits were a bonus to learning to play an instrument well. It appealed to her competitive nature and fulfilled her social needs.

#4 – What jobs or roles have given you the greatest satisfaction?
More importantly, what common themes were there?

George has been an entrepreneur and a teacher. As his career as a business owner advanced, he found that teaching and inspiring others was what he really enjoyed. He got great feedback about meetings he conducted. He also got positive reviews from his students. Today, Bigg Success gives him that outlet to share knowledge with others.

#5 – What is, or was, your favorite hobby?

What do you, or did you, do for free?

Mary-Lynn has loved writing since she was a kid. It taps into her creative side. That desire to be creative has guided her throughout her career. She once left a job because it didn’t offer creative freedom. Her need for creative control in her job spills over from her hobby. Being in touch with what you naturally do, even without pay, can help you discover your passion.

So as you ponder these five questions, think about the elements of the activity, rather than the activity itself, to discover your passion.

Thanks, Amy, for sharing your bigg challenge with us. We’re confident you’ll discover your passion soon!

If you have a bigg challenge, e-mail it to us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com
What advice do you have for Amy? Click on the Comment link below

Our bigg quote today is by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who said,

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”

So find your passion to uncover your greatness.

Next time, we’ll discuss what to do if working harder isn’t working anymore. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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13 replies
  1. Bryan Kress
    Bryan Kress says:

    I really liked this article and I am sending it to one of my relatives. You guys do a great job! Keep up the good work. Answer to question #1 – I wanted to be Baseball Player or the Monopoly Guy. Question #2 – I enjoy business management & marketing classes. Q #3 – I love playing sports or doing something competitive. Competition is what strives me to do better. Q #4 working on things that are tangible. Being able to step back and say Wow I did that. Q #5 I loved playing sports & collecting baseball cards. I also liked going to museums and then discussing what I observed. I’m a nerd though. I like this post good food for thought.

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  2. Clarence Coggins
    Clarence Coggins says:

    #1 – What did you want to be when you grew up? – That may have been one of my biggest problems. I wanted to be anything that sounded important or made me seem smart as a kid. Like a Nuclear Physicist, Writer, or Actor.

    #2 – What classes did you really enjoy? – Speech, Journalism, Ethnic History

    #3 – What extracurricular activities did you love?
    And more importantly, what did you love about that activity?
    I loved the bowling club because is was an activity my father and I did together. I also like student government.

    #4 – What jobs or roles have given you the greatest satisfaction?
    More importantly, what common themes were there?
    As a product or service creator have been given the greatest satisfaction. It was the fact that I was able to create value out of what wasn’t visible.

    #5 – What is, or was, your favorite hobby?
    What do you, or did you, do for free?
    Reading

    Thank you. I enjoy things that force me to look at me. I often get caught up in activity. But don’t really like to look at my motivations.

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  3. Rob
    Rob says:

    thanks for this article. I am 30 years old and am desperately searching for my passion. I have spent the past 9 years on a spiritual journey to find myself and it is beginning to open in great new ways.

    Thanks again.

    from the land of scorching heat,
    ~rob

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